Ponte Colls beat Glasshoughton to win new memorial trophy

Former Glasshoughton Welfare forward Liam Radford in action against them for Pontefract Collieries.
Former Glasshoughton Welfare forward Liam Radford in action against them for Pontefract Collieries.

The new Bill Cook Memorial Trophy was won by Pontefract Collieries after new signing Chris Wood scored a second half double in their 3-1 win over neighbours Glasshoughton Welfare.

The pre-season match staged between the arch rivals was in memory of a local sports trophies businessman, who passed away late last year and it is hoped it will become an annual game.

Bill was a long-term Colls supporter and he would have been impressed with the new-look Pontefract side which has been rebuilt in the summer and looked to have strength in every department.

Glasshoughton, themselves a rebuilt side under a new management team, were organised and their recent signing Richard Collier blasted them ahead on the half-hour with a wonderful long range strike from wide out.

But they were pegged back before half-time when a mix-up between defender Andy McManus and goalkeeper Ben Saynor allowed Jordan Turner to nip in to score.

Half-time substitute Wood, a recent signing from Frickley Athletic, made the difference after the break with two early goals. First he pounced from a scramble following a corner then he was left with a back-post tap-in to make it 3-1.

Both sides could be pleased with the workout as they build towards their campaign when they will be rivals in Toolstation NCE Division One.

Welfare were in action again on Tuesday night when they beat a youthful but skilful Ossett Albion side 6-2.

Despite going behind after two minutes to a Connor Beaumont shot, Welfare levelled on 29 minutes with a superb strike from Olly Maude.

Two goals from Andy Horbury made it 3-1 at the break.

Welfare opened the second half strongly and soon added further goals from Nathan Keightly, Jermaine Mycoe and Andrew McManus before Beaumont scored a second for the visitors.

Glasshoughton’s pre-season preparations continue this Saturday when they are at home to Steeton FC (3pm).

They have also arranged friendlies away against NCE Premier Division side Athersley Recreation next Monday (7.30pm) and at home to Tyne & Wear club Seaton Dalaval on Saturday, July 30 (3pm).

The league starts on Saturday, August 6, but the fixtures have not yet been published. The FA Cup preliminary round takes place on the same date, but Welfare will not be involved having finished lower than tenth in the NCE League last season.

In the first round of the FA Vase, Welfare have been drawn away to Dronfield Town. The tie takes place on Saturday, September 10 with a 3pm kick-off and the winners will be at home to either Pontefract Collieries or Hemsworth MW.

Ponte have been given a home draw in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup as they will entertain Runcorn Town on August 6 (3pm).

Their FA Vase first qualifying round tie at home to Hemsworth MW takes place on September 10 (3pm).

Colls opened their pre-season campaign with a 3-0 home success against higher league Ossett Albion when Jordan Turner struck twice and Josh Corbett was also on target.

They tested themselves against higher league opposition again last Saturday when beating Goole AFC 2-1.

Ponte have one more friendly arranged when they are away to North Gawber Colliery on Tuesday, July 26 (kick-off 7.45pm).